Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Garden Drama

I love gardening. I used to watch my mama plant flowers and dig in the dirt for hours and think "ewww". It looked boring. Now that I am a mama, I get it. Its so rewarding to see things that you have planted bloom and come to life. Its also frugal! I can feed my family and know where the food comes from, that it will last longer and its fresh. I also have used it this year to teach my three year old about growing living things. I love my little garden!

I was working in the backyard with my hubby and kidlets last week. My 3 year old decided that he had done enough and happily turned the shovel and plants over to me for the joy of the bubble mower and soccer net. I was enjoying the quiet and comfort that only digging in rich soil can bring. I did notice some buzzing but I had been sick for a couple of weeks. I had been hearing buzzing, ringing and weirdo noises for weeks now. I then heard my hubby call to me.

"Ummmm, honey?"

I responded with a "yeah" slightly annoyed by the interruption.

"Are those bees over your head?"

I looked up and saw......thousands of bees over my head. I would call it a swarm. No actually I would call it a Moses like plague. (Remember the locusts?) I froze in terror. I am not normally scared of bees but hellooooooooo!!!

I quickly threw my spade down and ran like my tushy was on fire across the yard. This caught the eye of my 1 year old who started clapping. ( It must have been quite the run :) ) We all stood together and watched the black cloud hover over our garden. ( Also conveniently located by the kids swing set.... of course. )

We made a run for the house and of course glued our noses, foreheads and hands to the windows and doors, watching the little black cloud. The kids soon lost interest and hubby and I just looked at each other wondering what we should do.

I went outside a couple hours later and saw this...

That dark spot in the middle was a couple hundred bees that were attached to tree.

My hubby started making calls to people. He started giving me strange looks and it wasn't long before our phone started ringing off the hook. It turns out that bees are a big deal. I guess last year there was a bee shortage and as a result flowers and veggies suffered. I also learned that this type of activity means that there is a new queen in town looking for a new place to call home. Very exciting stuff I am told..... We had different "save the bee" people calling us telling us that they would come and get the bees, study them etc. Begging us not to kill them.

That night the whole family went out to look at our new guests. They seemed to be gone. My heart went pitter pat... I was so excited that we would not have to deal with this newest drama. That was when we saw a couple of bees enter the tree. That's right... they made their hive inside the tree with a hole no bigger than the length of a pencil. Seems like our backyard seemed like home sweet home. ( I would like to interject at this point to say that its my assumption that bees are not the smartest insect since our neighbors has one of those bee boxes trying to get bees to set up house. )

Over the next couple of days bee experts visited our backyard, all with the same outcome. They couldn't get to the bees. They pleaded with us. They said that bees wouldn't hurt us or bother us just please don't kill them.

Now I am all for saving the wildlife especially ones that will pollinate my pumpkins. We are leaving them for now because we have not noticed big activity. The first time one of my babies get stung however..... it's on. I will be on those bees like a spider monkey on mountain dew. There is only room for one queen in this yard and that would be me.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meijer Recipe of the week- Honey Grilled Chicken

Bargain Meal of the Week

Here is another grilling recipe for Memorial Day. I love Chicken but get tired of the same ole' way I fix it! This sounded so yummy and easy.... Happy Eating!

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.

Honey Grilled Chicken

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/3 cup honey .30
1 tablespoon lemon juice .25
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (On Sale $1.99 a lb) $2.98

Preheat a grill for medium heat.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in honey and lemon juice. Reserve half for basting, and brush the other half onto the chicken breasts.

Lightly oil the grill grate, and place chicken on the grill. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes per side, turning frequently. Baste often during the last 5 minutes. Chicken is done when the meat is firm, and juices run clear.
Total cost of Meal: $3.53
Add Salad ( Dole bagged lettuce on sale .98) Total Cost of Meal: $4.18
Add salad and Corn on the cob (On sale .19 a ear) Total Cost of Meal: $5.32
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Kroger bargain recipe of the week- Southern grilled BBQ ribs

Bargain Meal of the Week

Memorial day is right around the corner and I cannot wait to start grilling. Kroger has Western style ribs on sale which is perfect timing for some BBQ! I am always looking for a great rib recipe so I am excited to try this one out... Happy Eating!

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs

3 pounds baby back pork ribs (On sale $1.28 a lb) 3.84
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup red wine vinegar .45
1 cup ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup cider vinegar .33
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup prepared mustard
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Place ribs in two 10x15 inch roasting pans. Pour water and red wine vinegar into a bowl, and stir. Pour diluted vinegar over ribs and cover with foil. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Baste the ribs with their juices halfway through cooking.

In a medium saucepan, mix together ketchup, water, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, butter, brown sugar, hot pepper sauce, and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer barbecue sauce for 1 hour.

Preheat grill for medium heat.

Lightly oil preheated grill. Transfer ribs from the oven to the grill, discarding cooking liquid. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, turning ribs once. Baste ribs generously with barbecue sauce, and grill 8 minutes. Turn ribs, baste again with barbecue sauce, and grill 8 minutes.

Total cost of Meal: $4.62

Add corn on the cob (On sale .17 an ear) Total cost of Meal: $5.64

Add corn on the cob and broccoli (Kroger brand on sale $1). Total cost of Meal: $6.64

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Monday Y'all!

My house is full of germs.... this has been a really bad spring for my kiddos and now us! We have been coughing, hacking and sniffing so much that I have been lagging in the blogging arena. Here are some things that I plan to have on tap for the next couple of weeks...... I will not be doing a menu plan Monday. Well.... because I don't have it ready and I would rather snuggle with my kidlets :)

-Giant Eagle, Kroger and Meijer bargain recipe of the week- hopefully grilling recipes!

- My garden drama.... I swear I don't make this stuff up!

- How to make a praise board.

-Our financial goals and why we are aiming high!

-Kids craft: gardening rocks

- Mama mysteries....

Hope you guys have a blessed week!